Obituaries

Fri
25
Nov

Mary Leuenberger

Mary Leuenberger, 95, formerly of Fort Atkinson and Spillville, Iowa, died on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 201 Oak St., Fort Atkinson, Iowa, with the Rev. Kyle Digmann presiding. Burial will be in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Spillville. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, and Saturday after 9 a.m., at the Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, Chekal Chapel, 201 Main St., Fort Atkinson. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a scripture service at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mary Ann (Silhacek) Leuenberger was born on Aug. 10, 1921, the daughter of Wenzel and Mathilda (Panos) Silhacek on the family farm near Spillville. She attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in Spillville.

Tue
22
Nov

Shirley M. Ponchaud

Shirley Mae Ponchaud, 88, town of Wescott, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

Shirley was born on April 6, 1928, in Oak Park, Illinois, to the late Walter and Eleanor ((Melka) Dodt. On June 25, 1949, she was united in marriage to Clifford R. Ponchaud Sr. in Forest Park, Illinois. Cliff preceded her in death on July 8, 2007.

Shirley was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano and really enjoyed her many home visits these past nine years from Pastor Marty Black. They became good friends.

Shirley and husband Cliff really enjoyed Shawano Lake, pontooning, snowmobiling and entertaining in their Mader Circle home rec room bar. She will always be remembered for her kind and caring ways and her talents on making the best Bloody Marys and Old-Fashioneds in town.

Tue
22
Nov

LouVera I. Mavis

LouVera I. Mavis, 88, of Marion, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at Pine Manor Healthcare Center, Embarrass.

LouVera Irene Mavis was born on Sept. 22, 1928, in Wittenberg, the daughter of the late Alfred and Selma (Rosenthal) Hartwig. She spent her early years in the Wittenberg, Tigerton and Marion areas and graduated from Marion High School in 1946.

LouVera was united in marriage to Elmer Mavis on June 14, 1947, in Menominee, Michigan. Later they moved back to the Marion area where they lived the rest of their lives. She was a homemaker and worked as a bookkeeper at Zigs Motel in Marion for 30 years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Caroline. She enjoyed doing crafts, crocheting and going to the Marion Senior Center.

Survivors include her son, David (Marsha) Mavis, Jemez Springs, New Mexico; half-sister, LaVonn Larsen, Costa Mesa, California; sisters-in-law, Jo An Voigt, Jackson, Michigan, and Gladys Woelffer, Marshall; nieces and nephews.

Tue
22
Nov

Elaine L. Sweney

Elaine Lucille Sweney, 94, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Shawano.

Elaine was born on Aug. 5, 1922, in Portage to Raymond and Velma Hopwood. She enjoyed reading, politics and board games. She also was an avid bridge player and loved spending time with her family.

Beginning with their marriage in 1945, Elaine helped her husband, John, with the operation of their family farm business just outside Endeavor, as well as manage their household. John and Elaine spent many years enjoying vacations to Florida and beyond as a couple. In later years, her knowledge of computers helped her be a loyal volunteer at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage.

Tue
22
Nov

Florence M. Stueck

Florence M. Stueck, 92, of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, Nov. 20, 2016, at Oak Haven of Shawano, where she had been a resident for 1 1/2 years.

Florence was born on April 13, 1924, in Caroline, a daughter of the late August and Frieda (Ebert) Grosskopf. Following high school she lived in Two Rivers, where she was employed at Hamilton Manufacturing.

On Dec. 23, 1946, Florence was united in marriage to Donald R. Stueck. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2000. Following their marriage the couple lived and farmed near the Novitiate. In 1966 they sold the farm and moved to Shawano. Florence was then employed at Zwicker Knit Mill as a garment inspector for almost 20 years.
Florence liked to be outdoors, growing flowers, feeding the birds and squirrels, and adopting stray animals. She loved her dog, Angel. She also enjoyed traveling with her sister, May.

Tue
22
Nov

Kenneth M. Yakel

Kenneth M. Yakel, 85, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care Center of Shawano.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Sat
19
Nov

David L. Murray Sr.

David Lee Murray Sr., of Shawano, formerly of Jefferson, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

He was born in Fort Atkinson on March 17, 1945, the son of Robert and Helen (Gerondale) Murray. He attended Fort Atkinson High School.

On Nov. 26, 1966, David was united in marriage to Linda L. Free at St. John’s Lutheran in Jefferson.

David worked for 30-plus years as an upholsterer, retiring from Herman Miller in Lake Mills in April 2008.

He lived his entire life in the Fort Atkinson/Jefferson area until moving to Shawano after Linda retired.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, feeding the birds, pontoon rides on the lake, and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren around the campfire enjoying s’mores.

Sat
19
Nov

Gerald J. Ashenbrenner

Gerald “Jerry” J. Ashenbrenner, 69, of the Town of Grant, Shawano County, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at his home.

Gerald “Jerry” Joe Ashenbrenner was born Nov. 3, 1947, in Shawano to the late Joe and Mildred (Pevonka) Ashenbrenner. He was a 1965 graduate of Marion High School, where he was a gifted second baseman on the baseball team. He also played for the Leopolis team in the Badger Amateur Baseball organization.

Jerry attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education in 1969. After graduation, he taught at Markesan High School for a time, then moved to Rosholt where he again was an instructor for 8½ years. In 1980, Jerry took some time off from teaching when his mother became ill and moved back to the family farm to care for her and to keep the farm in operation.

He was united in marriage to Karen Hintz in September 1981 in Shawano.

Sat
19
Nov

Todd J. Zeman

Todd James Zeman, 56, passed away after a battle with cancer on Nov. 9, 2016. Todd loved nothing more than being outdoors and fishing.

Survivors include his mother, Alice Zeman; father, James Zeman; sisters, Stephanie (Charles) Welter and Denise (Steven) Mariano; former wife Pam Zeman; close friends, Tom (Karen) Bierke and Camille (Jerry) Weimer, as well as nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Central Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in King. Cotter Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting.

Sat
19
Nov

Frances P. Jeglum

Frances Patricia “Pat” Jeglum, of Mission, Texas, was born on Nov. 6, 1943, and passed away on Oct. 25, 2016. She was the eldest child of seven siblings.

She is survived by Rose Anne Ringelman (Roger), of Weirsdale, Florida, David Kehoe, of Baraboo, Daniel Kehoe (Sheree), of Madison, Jeannette Miller (Bennett), of Kingston, Oklahoma, Kevin Kehoe (Rene), of Bessie, Oklahoma, Connie Purcell, of Oshkosh, Ann Sharon Bodin, of Kenai, Alaska, and family, numerous nieces and nephews, and the family of Louis White.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Jeglum; her longtime partner, Louis White; her parents, Lawrence and Lillian Kehoe; her stepfather, William Radtke; her brother, William Kehoe; her sister-in-law, Dianne Kehoe; her nephew, Ryan Ringelman; and her stepson, Jeffrey Jeglum.

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